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Self-isolation rules change for people who are double jabbed

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 16/08/2021 - 10:03
People who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will no longer have to isolate if they come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
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Gemma Collins 'absolutely loving' her Cornwall staycation with boyfriend Rami Hawash

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 16/08/2021 - 10:01
She's fallen in love with the "surf dude life"
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Scalpel! Superglue! This mouse won't fix its own ball

The Register - Mon, 16/08/2021 - 09:30
Desk detritus baffles even the brainiest of boffins

Who, Me?  Hurrah! A fresh week awaits! Who knows what delights lurk within. One thing is for sure, it all starts with a tale from the Who, Me? mailbag.…

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Internet Explorer 3.0 is 25 years old. One of its devs said it ended marriages - and launched amazing careers

The Register - Mon, 16/08/2021 - 08:58
Revisit the browser wars we shall

Microsoft’s first serious attempt at a Web browser, Internet Explorer 3.0, turned 25 on August 13th. And one of the developers on the team that created it – Hadi Partovi - has revealed how the product came to be, the mad rush to get it to market, and the cost of that effort.…

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Samsung is Using AI to Design a Smartphone Chip. Will Others Follow?

Slashdot - Mon, 16/08/2021 - 08:34
"Samsung is using artificial intelligence to automate the insanely complex and subtle process of designing cutting-edge computer chips," reports Wired: The South Korean giant is one of the first chipmakers to use AI to create its chips. Samsung is using AI features in new software from Synopsys, a leading chip design software firm used by many companies... Others, including Google and Nvidia, have talked about designing chips with AI. But Synopsys' tool, called DSO.ai, may prove the most far-reaching because Synopsys works with dozens of companies. The tool has the potential to accelerate semiconductor development and unlock novel chip designs, according to industry watchers. Synopsys has another valuable asset for crafting AI-designed chips: years of cutting-edge semiconductor designs that can be used to train an AI algorithm. A spokesperson for Samsung confirms that the company is using Synopsys AI software to design its Exynos chips, which are used in smartphones, including its own branded handsets, as well as other gadgets... Chipmakers including Nvidia and IBM are also dabbling in AI-driven chip design. Other makers of chip-design software, including Cadence, a competitor to Synopsys, are also developing AI tools to aid with mapping out the blueprints for a new chip. But Synopsys's co-CEO tells Wired that Samsung's chip will be "the first of a real commercial processor design with AI."

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Branson sews cash parachute for Virgin Atlantic with $300m Virgin Galactic share sale

The Register - Mon, 16/08/2021 - 08:02
COVID’s been harder on airlines than space companies

Richard Branson last week offloaded 10.4 million shares of Virgin Galactic, worth US$300M, to prop up his other businesses including pandemic-damaged airline Virgin Atlantic.…

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Facebook and Amazon take over Philippines-to-USA sub cable after China Mobile quits

The Register - Mon, 16/08/2021 - 07:33
USA's Clean Networks plan appears to have scuppered Chinese participation in 108Tbit/sec CAP-1 cable

Amazon Data Services Inc. and Facebook contractor Edge Cable Holdings USA have applied to operate a submarine cable linking the Philippines to California, after China Mobile (CMI) bowed out of the project.…

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How are Covid rules in England changing from today? Everything you need to know

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 16/08/2021 - 06:55
New rules around self-isolation have come into effect
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China warns game devs not to mess with history

The Register - Mon, 16/08/2021 - 06:01
Less-than-literal versions of the past criticised, because somebody needs to think of the children

State-run China National Radio has called for a stronger vetting of online video games and zero tolerance towards those that misrepresent historical events.…

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A Simple Software Fix Could Limit Location Data Sharing

Slashdot - Mon, 16/08/2021 - 04:34
Slashdot reader nickwinlund77 quotes Wired: Location data sharing from wireless carriers has been a major privacy issue in recent years... Carriers remain perennially hungry to know as much about you as they can. Now, researchers are proposing a simple plan to limit how much bulk location data they can get from cell towers. Much of the third-party location data industry is fueled by apps that gain permission to access your GPS information, but the location data that carriers can collect from cell towers has often provided an alternative pipeline. For years it's seemed like little could be done about this leakage, because cutting off access to this data would likely require the sort of systemic upgrades that carriers are loath to make. At the Usenix security conference on Thursday, though, network security researchers Paul Schmitt of Princeton University and Barath Raghavan of the University of Southern California are presenting a scheme called Pretty Good Phone Privacy that can mask wireless users' locations from carriers with a simple software upgrade that any carrier can adopt—no tectonic infrastructure shifts required... The researchers propose installing portals on every device — using an app or operating system function — that run regular checks with a billing server to confirm that a user is in good standing. The system would hand out digital tokens that don't identify the specific device but simply indicate whether the attached wireless account is paid up.

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Debian 11 formally debuts and hits the Bullseye

The Register - Mon, 16/08/2021 - 03:56
11,294 packages added, 9,519 removed, and five years of support starting … now!

The Debian project has released the eleventh version of its Linux distribution.…

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