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Delphi RAD tool (remember that?) gets support for Linux desktop apps – again

Hands On Texas software house Embarcadero Technologies has said it will license FmxLinux for Delphi, allowing developers to compile desktop applications for 64-bit Linux. FmxLinux is a toolchain for compiling Linux desktop applications using Embarcadero’s Linux compiler for Delphi, which is also part of the RAD Studio bundle. FmxLinux was developed by a third party, Eugene Kryukov. It has been licensed under “a long term distribution agreement,” says Embarcadero’s…

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Stop using that MacBook Pro RIGHT NOW, says Uncle Sam: Loyalists suffer burns, smoke inhalation and worse: Those crappy keyboards

As Apple’s MacBook Pro recall is entering its second week, new details are starting to emerge about the extent of the danger posed by its notebook batteries – and just how irritating the repair process is proving to be. In a warning issued Thursday, the US government’s independent Consumer Products Safety Commission urged Mac loyalists to be safe and just power off the machines as soon as possible. The…

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Suspected dark-web meth dealers caught by, er, ‘using real address’ when buying stamps

Two suspected dark-web dealers allegedly shipped tens of thousands of meth packages across America using postage stamps… that could be traced to one of their home addresses. The duo – Taiwanese national Leo Hu, and American citizen Tzu Yang Lin, both living in Southern California – went to some lengths to hide their identities, according to criminal investigators at Uncle Sam’s Food and Drug Administration. The two men used…

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Scumbags can program vulnerable MedTronic insulin pumps over the air to murder diabetics – insecure kit recalled

Health implant maker MedTronic is recalling some of its insulin pumps following the discovery of security vulnerabilities in the equipment that can be exploited over the air to hijack them. Specifically, the manufacturer is recalling its MiniMed 508 and Paradigm insulin pumps, along with the CareLink USB control hub and some blood glucose monitoring devices used with the at-risk gear. America’s medical drug watchdog the FDA also issued an…

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How do you know it’s finally the weekend? Clock hits 5pm? No, Slack goes down on a Friday afternoon in June

Well, it’s official: the weekend starts here. Not because it has ticked past 1700 on a Friday in Europe, not because it has gone midday in New York City on a Friday, and not because it’s already Saturday in Asia and Australia. No, it’s because it’s a Friday afternoon at the end of June, and Slack has gone down. That means all that important work you planned to do…

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Google’s reCAPTCHA favors – you guessed it – Google: Duh, only a bot would refuse to sign into the Chocolate Factory

Analysis Google’s reCAPTCHA v3 system, designed to separate people from bots during website interactions, is more likely to give you the benefit of the doubt as a human if you happen to be signed in to your Google Account – and is more likely to deem you dubious if you’re trying to protect your privacy, recent research suggests. Introduced in October 2018, reCAPTCHA v3 offers a way that web…

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This weekend you better read those ebooks you bought from Microsoft – because they’ll be dead come next week

If you bought an ebook through Microsoft’s online store, now’s the time to give it a read, or reread, because it will stop working early July. That’s right, the books you paid for will be literally removed from your electronic bookshelf because, um, Microsoft decided in April it no longer wanted to sell books. It will turn off the servers that check whether your copy was bought legitimately –…

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Iran’s blame-it-on-Bitcoin ‘leccy shortage probably isn’t a US hack cover story… yet

Comment Iran claims that recent surges in electricity demand, leading to blackouts and brownouts, were caused by too many cryptocurrency miners’ power-hungry machines being hooked up to the national grid – though all may not be as it seems. Radio Free Europe reported that Iranian energy ministry spokesman Mostafa Rajabi blamed alt-coin miners for making the Middle Eastern nation’s electrical grid “unstable,” blaming them for a seven-per-cent jump in…

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Italian data protector makes Facebook an offer it might want to refuse: A €1m fine for Cambridge Analytica data leak

The Italian data protection regulator has fined Facebook a cool €1m for alleged privacy offences connected to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The regulator, Il Garante per la protezione dei dati, found that Facebook, via the This Is Your Digital Life app, accessed data from over 200,000 Italian citizens without their consent. The app was actually downloaded by only 57 people but it then accessed their friends and contacts to…

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cPanel unleashes price hikes on its most dense customers

cPanel has dropped a bombshell on its customers with a price hike for its services that has left some running for the door marked exit. The company, which specialises in interfaces aimed at simplifying website and server management, announced the increases (PDF) without warning, with licences purchased or renewed from now hit immediately, with monthly licences sticking with the old structure until 1 September. Annual licences are also for…

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