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Workday shares slide following claims Amazon ditched company-wide HR system

The Register - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 13:13
Some customers have a 'unique set of needs' SaaSy vendor says

Amazon has halted plans to roll out a company-wide HR system based on SaaS from Workday, highlighting the challenges of migrating to the in-vogue application model.…

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Apple boasts of record quarter, but warns supply shortages will get worse before they get better

The Register - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 12:29
'The road to recovery will be a winding one' Cook predicts

Apple reported record revenue in Q3 of its fiscal 2021, but admitted it is being hit by industry-wide component shortages – and things are only going to worsen in the quarter to come, costing the company billions of dollars.…

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Infor ERP kicked out at closing time for Fuller's brewery biz while Microsoft Dynamics is invited to stay for lock-in

The Register - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 11:45
Pandemic offers chance to change focus just four years after £10m deal

UK pub and hotel chain Fuller's has bet the farm on Microsoft Dynamics to run its core finance system after it kicked out a £10m Infor system following the sell-off of its brewery business.…

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The UK is running on empty when it comes to electric vehicle charging points

The Register - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 11:01
Infrastructure needs to be increased tenfold before traditional motors banned in 2030, says market study

The UK needs to increase the number of charging points across the country tenfold if it is to support an electric vehicle (EV) economy starting with the ban on new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.…

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'Programming Is Hard' Considered Harmful

Slashdot - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 11:00
theodp writes: The commonly held belief that programming is inherently hard lacks sufficient evidence," begins CS Prof Brett Becker in [an article published in the journal Communications of the ACM]. "Stating this belief can send influential messages that can have serious unintended consequences including inequitable practices. [...] Language is a powerful tool. Stating that programming is hard should raise several questions but rarely does. Why does it seem routinely acceptable -- arguably fashionable -- to make such a general and definitive statement? Why are these statements often not accompanied by supporting evidence? What is the empirical evidence that programming, broadly speaking, is inherently hard, or harder than possible analogs such as calculus in mathematics? Even if that evidence exists, what does it mean in practice? In what contexts does it hold? To whom does it, and does it not, apply?" Becker concludes: "Blanket messages that 'programming is hard' seem outdated, unproductive, and likely unhelpful at best. At worst they could be truly harmful. We need to stop blaming programming for being hard and focus on making programming more accessible and enjoyable, for everyone.

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Slacking off? It used to be there was pretty much one place to chat with your fellow developers: IRC

The Register - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 10:15
Reg tiptoes through the Zulip to review open source chat and collab software

Review  IRC is crusty, ancient, and still far and away the best group chat system currently available. IRC is the best chat system precisely because it is a system. It is a protocol, not just an app, and even better it is a loosely federated protocol.…

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Great reset? More like Fake Reset: Leaders need a reality check if they think their best staff will give up hybrid work

The Register - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 09:30
Fortune favours the flexible in the new normal

Column  During the first and second waves of the pandemic, a certain cohort of my more paranoid friends grew increasingly alarmed at a thought balloon floated by the World Economic Forum – the billionaires' club that used to meet annually in Davos.…

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UK's National Cyber Security Centre needs its posh Westminster digs, says Cabinet Office, because of WannaCry

The Register - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 08:30
May need to upgrade 'bunfight' into 'cake-flinging war' over this one

Parliamentary criticism of the National Cyber Security Centre's "image over cost" London HQ is being shrugged off by the government because of the GCHQ offshoot's successful response to the WannaCry ransomware outbreak.…

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Astronaut Watches Russian Space Station Module Fall From Space In Fiery Demise

Slashdot - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 08:00
On Monday, astronauts said goodbye to a cornerstone of the International Space Station and captured stunning images of the compartment burning up in Earth's atmosphere. Space.com reports: A Russian Progress cargo vehicle towed the module, called Pirs, away from the space station and down through Earth's atmosphere to ensure the module burned up completely and reduce the odds of any large chunks making it to Earth's surface. Russia had launched its Pirs module in 2001; since then, the module, which served as a port to the space station, hosted more than 70 different capsules and supported Russian cosmonauts conducting extravehicular activities, or spacewalks. To make room for Russia's new science module, dubbed Nauka, which launched on July 21 and will arrive at the station on Thursday (July 29), Pirs had to go. Yesterday's fiery retirement ceremony marks the first time a major component of the International Space Station has been discarded. The attached Progress vehicle, which had arrived at the space station in February, controlled Pirs' re-entry to ensure that the module was destroyed as thoroughly as possible. European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet shared the photographs on Flickr.

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Google revamps bug bounty program

The Register - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 07:58
Announces that it's paid out for 11,000 bugs in under eleven years

Google has revealed that its bug bounty program – which it styles a "Vulnerability Reward Program" – has paid out for 11,055 bugs found in its services since 2010.…

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Ecuador shreds Julian Assange's citizenship

The Register - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 07:29
Quito Court finds numerous irregularities in naturalization process

Former couch-surfing world record contender Julian Assange has had his Ecuadorian citizenship revoked.…

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Biden warns 'real shooting war' will be sparked by severe cyber attack

The Register - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 05:58
Suggests incident 'of great consequence' in the real world could be a tipping point

United States President Joe Biden has shared his view that a "real shooting war" could be sparked by a severe cyber attack.…

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UK Government Backs Scheme For Motorway Cables To Power Lorries

Slashdot - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 04:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The government will fund the design of a scheme to install overhead electric cables to power electric lorries on a motorway near Scunthorpe, as part of a series of studies on how to decarbonize road freight. The electric road system -- or e-highway -- study, will draw up plans to install overhead cables on a 20km (12.4 miles) stretch of the M180 near Scunthorpe, in Lincolnshire. If the designs are accepted and building work is funded the trucks could be on the road by 2024. The e-highway study is one of several options that will be funded, along with a study of hydrogen fuel cell trucks and battery electric lorries, the Department for Transport said on Tuesday. On the e-highway, lorries fitted with rigs called pantographs -- similar to those used by trains and trams -- would be able to tap into the electricity supply to power electric motors. Lorries would also have a smaller battery to power them over the first and last legs of the journey off the motorway. The project is led by Costain, an infrastructure construction company that also operates some UK motorways, using trucks built by Sweden's Scania and electric technology from Germany's Siemens that is already in use in smaller-scale trials there, Sweden and the US.

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IBM's z/OS update for mainframes about to land – on last day of predicted launch window

The Register - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 04:28
Version 2.5 adds lots of love for hybrid cloud, Linux containers, and even a COBOL/Java combo

IBM has made it official: a major update to its z/OS operating system for mainframes will debut in September.…

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Looks like we all can't stop pouring billions of dollars into AMD, Google, Apple, Microsoft

The Register - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 03:32
iPhones, iPads about to hit global chip supply wall others have felt, though

AMD reported strong financial figures on Tuesday, showing continued demand for its Ryzen CPUs and GPUs and Epyc server processors during the pandemic and its various stay-at-home rules.…

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EFF Sues US Postal Office For Records About Covert Social Media Spying Program

Slashdot - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 03:02
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service and its inspection agency seeking records about a covert program to secretly comb through online posts of social media users before street protests, raising concerns about chilling the privacy and expressive activity of internet users. From the press release: Under an initiative called Internet Covert Operations Program, analysts at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the Postal Service's law enforcement arm, sorted through massive amounts of data created by social media users to surveil what they were saying and sharing, according to media reports. Internet users' posts on Facebook, Twitter, Parler, and Telegraph were likely swept up in the surveillance program. USPIS has not disclosed details about the program or any records responding to EFF's FOIA request asking for information about the creation and operation of the surveillance initiative. In addition to those records, EFF is also seeking records on the program's policies and analysis of the information collected, and communications with other federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), about the use of social media content gathered under the program. Media reports revealed that a government bulletin dated March 16 was distributed across DHS's state-run security threat centers, alerting law enforcement agencies that USPIS analysts monitored "significant activity regarding planned protests occurring internationally and domestically on March 20, 2021." Protests around the country were planned for that day, and locations and times were being shared on Parler, Telegram, Twitter, and Facebook, the bulletin said. "We're filing this FOIA lawsuit to shine a light on why and how the Postal Service is monitoring online speech. This lawsuit aims to protect the right to protest," said Houston Davidson, EFF public interest legal fellow. "The government has never explained the legal justifications for this surveillance. We're asking a court to order the USPIS to disclose details about this speech-monitoring program, which threatens constitutional guarantees of free expression and privacy."

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Tencent suspends signups to WeChat, citing 'security upgrade' and need to comply with Chinese laws

The Register - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 02:30
Promises everything will be back to normal sometime in early August

Chinese web giant Tencent has suspended new signups to its WeChat messaging service.…

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YouTube Punishes Brazil's President For Spreading Lies About COVID

Slashdot - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 02:25
YouTube has removed videos posted by Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro for violating its content policies, in the strongest measure yet that tech giants in the social media-loving country have taken toward censoring the president. VICE News reports: YouTube has said that if Bolsonaro breaks the video-sharing service's rules again, his channel may be suspended for a week and, in case of recurrence, he should be permanently banned. The video platform told the far-right leader last week that 15 of his videos had been removed from his channel for spreading COVID-19 misinformation -- some of which promoted quack coronavirus cures that critics say can sometimes cause collateral health damages like kidney failure. The news came days after the president was discharged from hospital after undergoing treatment for an intestinal blockage that provoked a 10-day hiccup attack that hindered his ability to speak. President Bolsonaro has so far remained silent on YouTube's decision, but he's been increasingly vocal in railing against lockdowns, stirring vaccine suspicions and COVID-related hoaxes, ridiculing people for wearing masks and downplaying the dangers of the virus as "a little flu." Last year, the former army captain accused the press of "tricking" citizens about the severity of the virus. Over 550,502 Brazilians have died from COVID-19, making the country's outbreak the world's second-deadliest after the U.S.

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Instagram Makes Under-16s' Accounts Private By Default

Slashdot - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 01:45
Instagram has made new under-16s' accounts private by default so only approved followers can see posts and "like" or comment. The BBC reports: Tests showed only one in five opted for a public account when the private setting was the default, it said. And existing account holders would be sent a notification "highlighting the benefits" of switching to private. But Instagram also said it was pushing ahead with new apps for under-13s, despite a backlash from some groups. "The reality is that they are already online and, with no foolproof way to stop people from misrepresenting their age, we want to build experiences designed specifically for them, managed by parents and guardians," parent company Facebook said. Although it was also developing artificial-intelligence systems to find and remove under-age accounts. "Historically, we asked young people to choose between a public account or a private account when they signed up for Instagram but our recent research showed that they appreciate a more private experience," the company said. Another of its changes -- preventing accounts showing "potentially suspicious behavior" such as recently having been blocked from messaging or following children's accounts -- would make them "difficult to find for certain adults," Instagram said. Meanwhile, "a more precautionary approach" will see advertisers able to target children based on only age, gender, and location, rather than interests and web-browsing habits. And while defending targeted ads in general and the optout features it has for some types, Instagram said: "We have heard from youth advocates that young people may not be well equipped to make these decisions."

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eBay ex-security boss sent down for 18 months for cyber-stalking, witness tampering

The Register - Wed, 28/07/2021 - 01:26
Four others at online tat bazaar admit trying to silence newsletter couple, two senior execs fight charges

The former global security manager for eBay was sentenced on Tuesday to 18 months in prison and was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine for his role in the cyber-stalking and harassment of a Massachusetts couple who published a newsletter critical of the internet yard sale.…

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