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Stacey Solomon teases fans with 'special' new project as Pickle Cottage makeover is almost complete

This Is Total Essex - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 08:13
Stacey regularly keeps her fans up to date with renovations to Pickle Cottage - her Essex home with Joe Swash
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Telcos fear Big Tech will bleed them until they can’t afford network builds

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 07:58
The GSMA would say that, yet Big Tech is making it harder for carriers to turn a quid

Telcos risk missing out on revenue needed to fund new networks, despite demand for their services soaring – and Big Tech is to blame.…

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M25: £150million scheme to improve traffic flow at junction 28 with A12 given the green light

This Is Total Essex - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 06:42
Work is expected to get underway in the autumn this year
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Venezuelan cardiologist charged with designing and selling ransomware

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 06:15
If his surgery was as bad as his opsec, this chap has caused a lot of trouble

The US Attorney’s Office has charged a 55-year-old cardiologist with creating and selling ransomware and profiting from revenue-share agreements with criminals who deployed his product.…

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Essex woman family in charity walk after cancer diagnosis

Braintree and Witham Times - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 06:00
They raised money in celebration of the hospice's 40th birthday
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Stisted residents petition council amid 'rat-run' fears

Braintree and Witham Times - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 06:00
FED-UP residents are calling on councillors to act amid fears their village is becoming a “rat-run”.
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Nine-week A131 works set to begin this week

Braintree and Witham Times - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 06:00
A temporary 40mph speed limit will be put in place.
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Met Office: Essex weather in Chelmsford, Southend, Harlow, Colchester, and Basildon as it's set to be hotter than Spain

This Is Total Essex - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 05:00
It's set to be warmer than popular European holiday destinations!
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China reveals its top five sources of online fraud

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 04:31
'Brushing' tops the list, as quantity of forbidden content continue to rise

China’s Ministry of Public Security has revealed the five most prevalent types of fraud perpetrated online or by phone.…

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New Study Lays Out Hidden Backstory Behind Deadly Pacific Northwest Heatwave

Slashdot - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 04:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Last summer, a deadly wave of heat struck the Pacific Northwest, causing temperatures to soar more than 30 degrees Fahrenheit above normal and killing more than a thousand people. A new study has uncovered the sequence of events that precipitated the disaster, providing information that could further our understanding of heat formation on the North American continent. By reviewing large-scale weather conditions and formations before the heat wave, University of Chicago scientists discovered that a cyclone spawned an "anticyclone," which combined to produce and then trap heat near the surface of the region. [...] Using data collected from satellites and on the ground, UChicago scientists set out to re-create the sequence of events. They found that in the week prior, a cyclone had formed over the Gulf of Alaska. Cyclones are large, spiral-shaped systems that form around a center of low pressure. (Think of the spiral clouds you see during hurricanes.) When clouds form out of water vapor, the process actually releases heat, which accumulated in the atmosphere. Then, as the cyclone moved slowly away, it triggered the formation of an anticyclone to the east -- a system that rotates slowly around a center of high pressure instead of low. These are known as "blocking" systems because they disrupt the normal eastward movement of weather systems. A blocking anticyclone acts like a blanket, trapping heat in a region. The result was a warm, stagnant column of air that made it difficult for surface heat to escape to the upper atmosphere as it normally does. The study has been published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

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All-in-Summit: Interview With Elon Musk

Slashdot - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 04:05
All-in-Summit -- a conference hosted by Chamath Palihapitiya, Jason Calacanis, David Sacks and David Friedberg, who also operate a popular weekly podcast by the same name -- interviewed Elon Musk on Monday. In the wide-ranging interview, Musk talked about Twitter's bot problem and among other things, gave more insight into the scale and ambitions of Tesla and SpaceX.

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Judge Rules California Law Requiring Women On Corporate Boards Is Unconstitutional

Slashdot - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 03:02
A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California's landmark law requiring women on corporate boards is unconstitutional. CBS News reports: Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis said the law that would have required boards have up to three female directors by this year violated the right to equal treatment. The ruling was dated Friday. The conservative legal group Judicial Watch had challenged the law, claiming it was illegal to use taxpayer funds to enforce a law that violates the equal protection clause of the California Constitution by mandating a gender-based quota. The state defended the law as constitutional saying it was necessary to reverse a culture of discrimination that favored men and was put in place only after other measures failed. The state also said the law didn't create a quota because boards could add seats for female directors without stripping men of their positions. Although the law carried potential hefty penalties for failing to file an annual report or comply with the law, a chief in the secretary of state's office acknowledged during the trial that it was toothless. The law required publicly held companies headquartered in California to have one member who identifies as a woman on their boards of directors by the end of 2019. By January 2022, boards with five directors were required to have two women and boards with six or more members were required to have three women. The Women on Boards law, also known by its bill number, SB826, called for penalties ranging from $100,000 fines for failing to report board compositions to the California secretary of state's office to $300,000 for multiple failures to have the required number of women board members. Fewer than half the nearly 650 applicable corporations in the state reported last year that they had complied. More than half didn't file the required disclosure statement, according to the most recent report.

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Oracle really does owe HPE $3b after Supreme Court snub

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 02:54
Appeal petition as doomed as the Itanic chips at the heart of decade-long drama

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Oracle's appeal to overturn a ruling ordering the IT giant to pay $3 billion in damages for violating a decades-old contract agreement.…

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'Black Mirror' Returns For Season 6

Slashdot - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 02:25
According to Variety, a new series of "Black Mirror" is in the works at Netflix. From the report: It's been almost three years since Season 5 of the dystopian drama premiered on the streaming service in June 2019, but sources indicate that a new anthology series of "Black Mirror" is shaping up, and casting is now underway. While details about specific stories are being kept under lock and key, Variety understands that Season 6 will have more episodes than Season 5, which comprised of just three instalments and starred Andrew Scott, Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Topher Grace and Miley Cyrus. A source close to the production tells Variety that the latest season is even more cinematic in scope, with each installment being treated as an individual film. This is, of course, in line with recent seasons of "Black Mirror," for which episodes usually exceeded 60 minutes and had incredibly high production values.

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Infusion of $3.5bn not enough to revive Terra's 'stablecoin'

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 02:06
Estimated $42bn vanished with collapse of UST, Luna – we explain what all this means

TerraUSD, a so-called "stablecoin," has seen its value drop from $1 apiece a week ago to about $0.09 on Monday, demonstrating not all that much stability.…

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Google Lets Personal Users Stay On 'No-Cost Legacy G Suite' With Custom Gmail Domain

Slashdot - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 01:45
Back in April, Google delayed when G Suite legacy free-edition users had to start paying for Workspace. The company will now let you stay on a "Free Legacy Edition of G Suite for personal use" as the "no-cost" alternative in a rather notable policy change. 9to5Google reports: This "no-cost" option is for people that aren't interested in paying for Workspace but want to retain access to their data and not just export via Google Takeout. For the past few months, people have been waiting to join a waitlist for this alternative. In a change of plans, there's no longer a waiting list, and these old users can sign-up for no-cost Legacy G Suite now. Head to your account's Google Admin Console as there are many reports of it going live this afternoon. You have until June 27 to pick a transition path. Most notably, you can "continue using your custom domain with Gmail." [...] Besides the custom Gmail domain, you will "retain access to no-cost Google services" and "keep your purchases and data." [...] However, you must confirm to Google that your usage is for non-commercial personal use: "Google may remove business functionality from this offering and transition businesses to Google Workspace. Additionally, this option will not include support."

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DigitalOcean tries to take sting out of price hike with $4 VM

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 01:37
Cloud biz says it is reacting to customer mix largely shifting from lone devs to SMEs

DigitalOcean attempted to lessen the sting of higher prices this week by announcing a cut-rate instance aimed at developers and hobbyists.…

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Researchers Devise iPhone Malware That Runs Even When Device Is Turned Off

Slashdot - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 01:02
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: When you turn off an iPhone, it doesn't fully power down. Chips inside the device continue to run in a low-power mode that makes it possible to locate lost or stolen devices using the Find My feature or use credit cards and car keys after the battery dies. Now researchers have devised a way to abuse this always-on mechanism to run malware that remains active even when an iPhone appears to be powered down. It turns out that the iPhone's Bluetooth chip -- which is key to making features like Find My work -- has no mechanism for digitally signing or even encrypting the firmware it runs. Academics at Germany's Technical University of Darmstadt figured out how to exploit this lack of hardening to run malicious firmware that allows the attacker to track the phone's location or run new features when the device is turned off. This video provides a high overview of some of the ways an attack can work. The findings (PDF) have limited real-world value since infections required a jailbroken iPhone, which in itself is a difficult task, particularly in an adversarial setting. Still, targeting the always-on feature in iOS could prove handy in post-exploit scenarios by malware such as Pegasus, the sophisticated smartphone exploit tool from Israel-based NSO Group, which governments worldwide routinely employ to spy on adversaries. Besides allowing malware to run while the iPhone is turned off, exploits targeting LPM could also allow malware to operate with much more stealth since LPM allows firmware to conserve battery power. And of course, firmware infections are already extremely difficult to detect since it requires significant expertise and expensive equipment.

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GPL legal battle: Vizio told by judge it will have to answer breach-of-contract claims

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 00:36
Fine-print crucially deemed contractual agreement as well as copyright license in smartTV source-code case

The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) has won a significant legal victory in its ongoing effort to force Vizio to publish the source code of its SmartCast TV software, which is said to contain GPLv2 and LGPLv2.1 copyleft-licensed components.…

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Stablecoins Not Ready for Consumer Payments, US Watchdog Says

Slashdot - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 00:20
The recent collapse of a popular stablecoin shows that the tokens aren't ready to be used by consumers to make payments, according to a key US watchdog. From a report: "People wonder: Is it going to be one day used for consumer payments?" Rohit Chopra, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said in a Bloomberg TV interview Monday. "Many are thinking it's not ready yet." [...] Chopra said there may be "movement" on crypto regulation this year. Regulators are studying a range of issues, including rules for stablecoins, following an executive order from President Joe Biden. "A lot of people thought that a stablecoin was just going to be as good as a dollar," Chopra said. "But they're learning that it's not."

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