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'Too early' to speak of pandemic, WHO says virus can be contained

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 17:13
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that the novel coronavirus outbreak was not out of control globally nor causing large-scale deaths and it was "too early" to speak of a pandemic.

Murder 24/7: Who was Courtney Valentine-Brown and why was he murdered?

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 17:12
A BBC documentary crew followed officers investigating his death from start to finish
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Hey, remember Microsoft's IoT Linux gear? After two years, Azure Sphere is finally here

The Register - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 17:11
Internet of Security is the name of the game, instead of that other 'S' word

Arriving fashionably late, Azure Sphere, Microsoft's take on turning the Internet of Sh*t into the Internet of Updates, has finally reached General Availability.…

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This breathtaking Grade II listed barn with glass pod rooms near Bishop's Stortford is up for sale

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 17:01
It's kept its character despite the modern conversion - and it looks stunning
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Huawei claims its Google Play replacement is in 'top 3' app stores after Trump turns off tap to the Chocolate Factory

The Register - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 16:49
The re-badged progressive web apps should help fill it out a bit

Huawei is boasting of some encouraging stats for its Google Play replacement after the Trump administration stopped the Mountain View giant doing business with the Chinese comms bogeyman.…

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Some of the World's Biggest Economies Are on the Brink of Recession

Slashdot - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 16:41
Markets closed out last week on an anxious note. It's not difficult to see why: the coronavirus continues to spread, and there are signs that some of the world's top economies could slide into recession as the outbreak compounds pre-existing weaknesses. From a report: Take Japan: The world's third-largest economy shrank 1.6% in the fourth quarter of 2019 as the country absorbed the effects of a sales tax hike and a powerful typhoon. It was biggest contraction compared to the previous quarter since 2014. Then there's Germany. The biggest economy in Europe ground to a halt right before the coronavirus outbreak set in, dragged down by the country's struggling factories. The closely-watched ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment in Germany decreased sharply for February, reflecting fears that the virus could hit world trade. Bank of America economist Ethan Harris points to the number of smaller economies that are hurting, too. Hong Kong is in recession and Singapore could soon suffer a similar fate. Fourth quarter GDP data from Indonesia hit a three-year low, while Malaysia had its worst reading in a decade, he noted to clients on Friday. Meanwhile, engines of growth like China and India slowed in 2019. Fourth quarter GDP data for the latter comes out this week. All of this brings to the fore concerns about the global economy's ability to withstand a shock from the coronavirus. Harris says the weak quarter was likely a result of lingering damage from the trade war between China and the United States. The coronavirus is poised to make matters worse.

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Take a look inside this stunning barn conversion

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 16:40
Take a look inside this stunning barn conversion
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Colchester Berechurch Road: A pedestrian who was hit by a car on a main road has died

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 16:17
He was rushed to hospital with a 'serious injury'
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Realme's 5G handset is a bargain at €599 – but it's only for cool young people. Sorry

The Register - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 16:13
Moss green? Rust red? Is this Pokémon?

Unfazed by the cancellation of Mobile World Congress, Realme has pulled the sheets off its latest blower – the Realme X50 Pro 5G.…

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EU Commission To Staff: Switch To Signal Messaging App

Slashdot - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 16:01
The European Commission has told its staff to start using Signal, an end-to-end-encrypted messaging app, in a push to increase the security of its communications. From a report: The instruction appeared on internal messaging boards in early February, notifying employees that "Signal has been selected as the recommended application for public instant messaging." The app is favored by privacy activists because of its end-to-end encryption and open-source technology. "It's like Facebook's WhatsApp and Apple's iMessage but it's based on an encryption protocol that's very innovative," said Bart Preneel, cryptography expert at the University of Leuven. "Because it's open-source, you can check what's happening under the hood," he added. Signal was developed in 2013 by privacy activists. It is supported by a nonprofit foundation that has the backing of WhatsApp founder Brian Acton, who had left the company in 2017 after clashing with Facebook's leadership.

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Red Hat slips through Platform 16 to OpenStack wizarding world, says customers still want to run their own cloud

The Register - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 15:29
With public cloud vendors now offering on-prem, why OpenStack? Cost and avoiding lock-in – Red Hat

Interview  OpenStack allows you to say "I am the Jeff Bezos of my cloud," Red Hat's Sean Cohen, senior manager product management, told The Reg at the launch of OpenStack's Platform 16, its enterprise cloud platform, which has just become generally available.…

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Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASA

Slashdot - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 15:20
The New York Times: They asked Katherine Johnson for the moon, and she gave it to them. Wielding little more than a pencil, a slide rule and one of the finest mathematical minds in the country, Mrs. Johnson, whose death at 101 was announced on Monday by NASA, calculated the precise trajectories that would let Apollo 11 land on the moon in 1969 and, after Neil Armstrong's history-making moonwalk, let it return to Earth. A single error, she well knew, could have dire consequences for craft and crew. Her impeccable calculations had already helped plot the successful flight of Alan B. Shepard Jr., who became the first American in space when his Mercury spacecraft went aloft in 1961. The next year, she likewise helped make it possible for John Glenn, in the Mercury vessel Friendship 7, to become the first American to orbit the Earth. Yet throughout Mrs. Johnson's 33 years in NASA's Flight Research Division -- the office from which the American space program sprang -- and for decades afterward, almost no one knew her name. Mrs. Johnson was one of several hundred rigorously educated, supremely capable yet largely unheralded women who, well before the modern feminist movement, worked as NASA mathematicians. But it was not only her sex that kept her long marginalized and long unsung: Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson, a West Virginia native who began her scientific career in the age of Jim Crow, was also African-American. In old age, Mrs. Johnson became the most celebrated of the small cadre of black women -- perhaps three dozen -- who at midcentury served as mathematicians for the space agency and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Their story was told in the 2016 Hollywood film "Hidden Figures," based on Margot Lee Shetterly's nonfiction book of the same title, published that year. The movie starred Taraji P. Henson as Mrs. Johnson, the film's central figure. It also starred Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae as her real-life colleagues Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson.

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All your base station are belong to us: Intel joins spec race with new 5G chips

The Register - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 15:07
Plus: Looking for a 'deep learning boost'? Chipzilla's your man

Intel will sling out fresh silicon aimed at hardware across the nascent 5G market: including new second-generation Xeon processors and a low-latency Atom P5900 for next-gen mobile base stations.…

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Microsoft Reveals More Xbox Series X Specs

Slashdot - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 14:41
Microsoft revealed new details on its next-generation console, text, on Monday morning, confirming specifications on what the company calls its "superior balance of power and speed" for its new hardware. From a report: The next-gen Xbox, Microsoft said, will be four times as powerful as the original Xbox One. The Xbox Series X "next-generation custom processor" will employ AMD's Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architecture, head of Xbox Phil Spencer wrote on the Xbox website. "Delivering four times the processing power of an Xbox One and enabling developers to leverage 12 [teraflops] of GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) performance -- twice that of an Xbox One X and more than eight times the original Xbox One," Spencer said. He called the next-generation Xbox's processing and graphics power "a true generational leap," offering higher frame rates -- with support for up to 120 fps -- and more sophisticated game worlds. That 12 teraflops claim is twice that of what Microsoft promised with the Xbox One X (then known as Project Scorpio) when it revealed the mid-generation console update back in 2016. Spencer also outlined the Xbox Series X's variable rate shading, saying, "Rather than spending GPU cycles uniformly to every single pixel on the screen, they can prioritize individual effects on specific game characters or important environmental objects. This technique results in more stable frame rates and higher resolution, with no impact on the final image quality." He also promised hardware-accelerated DirectX ray tracing, with "true-to-life lighting, accurate reflections and realistic acoustics in real time." Microsoft also reconfirmed features like SSD storage, which promise faster loading times, as well as new ones, like Quick Resume, for Xbox Series X.

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A120 crash: Police issue update on injuries after overturned car shuts busy road

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 14:40
The road has been shut since 1pm
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Don't worry, IT contractors. New UK chancellor says HMRC will be gentle pushing IR35 rules

The Register - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 14:31
But critics advise to take that with a 'pinch of salt'

The UK's new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has promised that HMRC will not be "heavy-handed" in pushing its IR35 tax reforms.…

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A 'replacement' for V festival in Hylands Park is about to be announced - 'hopefully' avoiding a clash with Hideaway

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 14:30
RiZE - V's successor - was scrapped after a year in 2019
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A120 traffic: Photo shows overturned car after serious crash causes large oil spill on road

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 14:04
Police have also warned of a large oil spill on the carriageway
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Drug Dealer Loses $58M in Bitcoin After Landlord Accidentally Throws Codes Out

Slashdot - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 14:01
An anonymous reader shares a report: Between 2011 and 2012, 49-year-old Clifton Collins bought 6,000 Bitcoin using money he earned from growing and selling weed, reports The Irish Times. At the time, the cryptocurrency's price varied between $4 and $6. Today it stands at over $9,700. But Collins isn't enjoying any euphoria for the windfall -- because his landlord threw out his Bitcoin codes. The Irish Times reports that Collins was arrested in 2017 for growing and selling weed, and was subsequently hit with a five-year prison sentence. Following this, his landlord sent many of Collins' possessions to a local dump during the process of clearing out Collins' room. One such item was a fishing rod case, which housed a pice of A4 paper with â53.6 million ($58 million) in Bitcoin codes printed onto it. Cryptocurrency is bought through so-called cryptowallets. Once you buy Bitcoin, the cryptowallet issues you a code that's needed to access it. Anyone who gets that code can access and potentially steal the cryptocurrency, so buyers are usually encouraged to hide their codes somewhere safe. In 2017, Collins spread his 6,000 Bitcoin across 12 accounts in order to guard against losing his crypto-fortune, according to the Times. He printed out the codes to his Bitcoin stash on a piece of A4 paper, the same paper he stuffed into the aforementioned fishing rod case.

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More parents are choosing to ditch school buses - and this has put a huge question mark over £5m climate action plan

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 13:56
'Parents are withdrawing because they want to stick with catchment schools'
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