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Live: Major road closed as air ambulance called to serious crash

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 17:09
An air ambulance landed nearby to assist
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Gateway is Back, And It's Selling AMD-Powered Budget Laptops at Walmart

Slashdot - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 17:06
Gateway, the major PC brand of the 1990s with the iconic cow-spotted logo, is back -- well, kind of. Acer now owns the company and has decided to start selling Gateway-branded laptops again, exclusively at Walmart. From a report: As is often the case with Walmart-exclusive laptops, the main attraction is the price. On the most affordable end is the Gateway Ultra Thin series, which starts with a $179 11.6-inch laptop with an AMD A4, and spans up to a $499 15.6-inch model with a Core i5. There's also a $199 11.6-inch touchscreen 2-in-1 available, powered by an Intel Celeron processor. The names aren't very interesting, but they do come in a variety of fun colors, including purple, blue, green, and rose gold, as well as black. On the higher end is the Gateway Creators series, two 15.6-inch laptops meant for media editing and gaming. No funky colors on these -- they only come in black -- but they do seem to have some decent specs. You can choose the $799 rig with a Ryzen 5 4600H and an Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU or a $999 model with a Core i5 and an RTX 2060. That puts them a step above the Ultra Thin series in price, but they're still fairly inexpensive as creator-focused machines go. I would guess thatâ(TM)s at least partially because they don't seem to have a lot of storage -- only 256GB each.

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Kioxia, the artist formerly known as Toshiba Memory Corporation, postpones IPO

The Register - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 17:00
Blames market volatility caused by pandemic and US controls over Huawei

Kioxia, the flash and SSD fabrication artist formerly known as Toshiba Memory Corp, has called off its initial public offering due next month, citing stock market volatility and the coronavirus outbreak.…

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Letter: 'System is a money machine to confuse people'

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 17:00
I can imagine how Victor Sawyer feels about the parking fine he received following a visit to the Primary Care Centre (Gazette Letters, September 17, “Anger at £70 fine for parking at clinic”).
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Entire year group self-isolating after another Covid case at Essex school

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 16:45
"Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness"
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Health boss' warning over surge in Covid-19 cases in two areas of Essex

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 16:31
Both areas now have sharply rising rates of infections
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Too Many Staff Have Privileged Work Accounts For No Good Reason, Reckon IT Bods

Slashdot - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 16:25
Around 40 per cent of staff in British and American corporations have access to sensitive data that they don't need to complete their jobs, according to recent research. From a report: In a survey commissioned by IT security firm Forcepoint of just under 900 IT professionals, 40 per cent of commercial sector respondents and 36 per cent working in the public sector said they had privileged access to sensitive data through work. Worryingly, of that number, about a third again (38 per cent public sector and 36 per cent private) said they had access privileges despite not needing them. Overall, out of more than 1,000 respondents, just 14 per cent from the private sector thought their org was fully aware of who had the keys to their employers' digital kingdoms. Carried out by the US Ponemon Institute, a research agency, the survey also found that about 23 per cent of IT pros across the board reckoned that privileged access to data and systems was handed out willy-nilly, or, as Forcepoint put it in a statement, "for no apparent reason." Access management is a critical topic for IT security bods, especially as COVID-19-induced remote working introduces challenges for the monitoring of data access and intra-org flows.

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Special constable claimed money for shifts he didn't do

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 16:12
A FORMER volunteer police officer claimed cash for shifts he never completed.
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NHS COVID-19 app's first weekend: With fundamental testing flaw ironed out, bugs remaining are relatively trivial

The Register - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 16:05
Shaky start out of the gates and still some issues, but at least it's here

England and Wales finally have a contact-tracing app. Released last Thursday, NHS COVID-19 allows public health authorities to identify potential disease carriers and stem the spread of coronavirus. But in the days since its release, some bugs have showed up.…

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Popular Essex play centre closes down after 13 years to move to new site

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 15:57
The new site will be opening in a few months time
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Essex's forgotten motorway which would have spanned the length of the county

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 15:47
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Some Google Search Rivals Lose Footing on Android System

Slashdot - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 15:46
A system Google set up to promote competition on Android has left some smaller search engines having trouble gaining traction, fueling rivals' complaints about the tech giant's compliance with a European Union antitrust decision ahead of potential U.S. charges. From a report: Since March, Alphabet-owned Google has been showing people in Europe who set up new mobile devices running the company's Android operating system what it calls a "choice screen," a list of rival search engines that they can select as the device's default. The system is part of Google's compliance with a 2018 decision that found the company used Android's dominance to strong-arm phone makers into pre-installing its search engine. But some small search engines that are relatively popular in Europe failed to win spots in large European countries in the latest round of auctions to appear on the choice screen, according to people familiar with the results. The results, which cover the fourth quarter of the year, are set to be announced on Monday. DuckDuckGo, maker of a U.S.-based search engine that doesn't collect data about its users, lost the auction in all but four small European countries, the people said. Berlin-based Ecosia, which donates most of its profit to planting trees, also didn't win a slot in any large European country, the people added. The major winners of the auctions -- which offer three spots in each of 31 countries to outside search engines -- include Microsoft's Bing, as well as a handful of other small search engines, the people said. Google doesn't participate in the auctions but is offered automatically as a choice in every country along with the auction winners. The elimination of some smaller search engines gives fodder to Google rivals who have complained that the company has crafted its compliance with the EU's antitrust decisions in ways that don't fundamentally change the competitive landscape.

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Fundraising page to save Harwich's Harbour Ferry launches

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 15:40
A FUNDRAISING page to save a town’s historic foot ferry which was “severely damaged” in gale-forced winds has been launched.
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SAP S/4HANA rollout at Queensland Health went so well that hospitals bent over backwards to avoid using it

The Register - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 15:09
Leading to AU$540m in late invoice payments

Invoices worth AU$540m were paid late after a finance and supply chain system built on SAP S/4HANA went live at Australia's Queensland Health.…

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In Internet Dead Zones, Rural Schools Struggle With Distanced Learning

Slashdot - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 15:09
An anonymous reader shares a report: The past seven months have been a big strain on families like Mandi Boren's. The Borens are cattle ranchers on a remote slice of land near Idaho's Owyhee Mountains. They have four kids -- ranging from a first grader to a sophomore in high school. When the lockdown first hit, Boren first thought it might be a good thing. Home schooling temporarily could be more efficient, plus there'd be more family time and help with the chores. "I thought, I'll be able to get my kids' schooling done in a few hours and then they'll be to work with dad, and no problem it will be great," Boren says, chuckling. "Well, it didn't turn out so great." That's because all four kids -- in addition to Boren, who telecommutes -- were suddenly plugged into the family's satellite Internet, which is spotty on a good day. You can forget trying to use Zoom or Google Classroom. "I soon found out that our Internet speeds were so slow, we had to spread it out all week long actually," Boren says. "We were doing schooling on Saturdays and Sundays as well." Her kids started back to school in person, at least for now. Across the country as American schools struggle with whether to reopen or stay virtual, many rural districts are worried their students will fall even further behind than their city peers. This pandemic has shone a glaring light on a lot of inequalities. The federal government estimates that more than a third of rural America has little or no Internet. In numerous recent interviews, educators have told NPR they're concerned the rural-urban divide will only worsen if kids can't get online to learn. This past spring, when the lockdowns began, many rural districts amid the crisis had to resort to delivering paper copies of school work to students who didn't have Internet or cell phone service at home. "I don't know why anybody would rationally think 'we can just hand you a packet, and here you're going to go teach yourself,' that's basically what was going on," says Dr. Leslie Molina, principal at McDermitt Combined Schools in northern Nevada. She says all 105 of her students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Most live on the Fort McDermitt Reservation and about 75% have no Internet access at home.

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Flyers saying 'pandemic is over' posted in area with one of highest Covid rates

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 15:05
The council have warned residents to ignore the 'information' on the flyers
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Planning changes spark concerns over infrastructure costs to taxpayers

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 15:05
The Government’s recent white paper sets out key principles for a new English planning system
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No one likes a heart-stopping AWS bill shock so now there's a machine learning tool to help detect cost anomalies

The Register - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 14:10
Unexpected item in bagging area?

AWS has introduced Cost Anomaly Detection, a new feature now in beta driven by machine learning that pledges to notify admins of "unexpected or unusual spend".…

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Essex primary school to remain fully open after confirmed Covid case

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 13:42
Parents were sent an email informing them of the confirmed case on Saturday (September 26)
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UK forecast for snow in a matter of days as Essex to face 'torrential rain'

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 13:31
Summer is well and truly over
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