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I’m not Boeing anywhere near that: Coder whizz heads off jumbo-sized maintenance snafu

Who, Me? We’re back again with Who, Me?, The Register‘s Monday morning crowdsourced tale of reader misdeeds and close calls. Today’s confession from “Pete” will tighten the sphincters of those who flew on Boeing’s finest back when 1990 rolled around. Pete was something of a multimedia whizz at a time when Windows 3.0 was a thing, sound cards were unusual and CD-ROMs even more so. He was fresh off…

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FBI extends voting security push, LA court hacker goes down, and more D-Link failures

Here’s your Reg roundup of security news beyond all the bits and bytes we’ve already covered. FBI refreshes voting security push Last year, the FBI kicked off Protected Voices, a campaign to improve voting security at the state and local level. The effort was just expanded for the coming year with new resources and materials, including tutorials for securing polling places. “It is not the general practice of the…

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Google claims web search will be 10% better for English speakers – with the help of AI

Google has updated its search algorithms to tap into an AI language model that is better at understanding netizens’ queries than previous systems. Pandu Nayak, a Google fellow and vice president of search, announced this month that the Chocolate Factory has rolled out BERT, short for Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers, for its most fundamental product: Google Search. To pull all of this off, researchers at Google AI built…

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The eagle has handed…. scientists a serious text message bill after flying through Iran, Pakistan

MegaFon, the second largest mobile phone operator in Russia, has offered to pay the messaging charges accrued by a group of cell-strapped eagles after a crowdfunding campaign raised part of the funds. On Friday, Russia new site RIA Novosti said that several eagles fitted with cellular transmitters for a migration research project run by the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Center in Novosibirsk, Russia, had racked up unexpectedly high SMS fees…

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Pentagon beams down $10bn JEDI contract to Microsoft: Windows giant beats off Bezos

Microsoft has been awarded the $10bn decade-long US Department of Defense JEDI IT supply contract that will see the nation’s military switch to the cloud. The Redmond giant’s Azure platform will play host to the US armed forces in an attempt to overhaul and streamline the Pentagon’s IT infrastructure under a single umbrella – or single point of failure, to put it another way. Microsoft share price rose on…

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We can go our own Huawei! Arm says it can flog chip blueprints to Chinese giant despite US trade embargo

Chip designer Arm says it will be able to continue licensing its blueprints to Huawei five months after it would have had to stop working with the Chinese comms equipment giant. Softbank-owned Arm – which has offices in the United States, UK, and elsewhere in the world – on Friday confirmed the news to The Register that it would be able to provide current and next-generation processor core designs…

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Google’s Chrome Web Store under fire for shoddy service and cryptic policies

Google is still working on a much-needed and overdue revision to its Chrome Extensions platform known as Manifest v3, but extension developers complain that the ad-slinger doesn’t do enough to support them. About three weeks ago, a developer build of uBlock Origin, a popular content blocking extension, was rejected from the Chrome Web Store (CWS) because it didn’t comply with a Google policy that says extensions must have a…

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Time to check who left their database open and leaked 7.5m customer records: Hi there, Adobe Creative Cloud!

Adobe has pulled offline a public-facing poorly secured Elasticsearch database containing information on 7.5 million Creative Cloud customers. The cloud-based silo was uncovered by infosec detective Bob Diachenko, who reported it to Adobe last week. The exposed records include email addresses, account creation dates, details of products purchased, Creative Cloud subscription statuses, member IDs, countries of origin, subscription payment statuses, whether the user is an Adobe employee, and other…

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Optional (un)chained melodies for those who like their TypeScript to be more assertive in 3.7

As its Florida Ignite shindig looms large, Microsoft has settled on a Release Candidate for TypeScript 3.7 ahead of an imminent launch. The open-source TypeScript, a superset of JavaScript (replete with static typing if required), has been gaining popularity over the years. Along with the likes of Rust and Kotlin, it is threatening to crack the TIOBE Index top 20 and sits in the top 10 most popular languages,…

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Uncle Sam demands summary judgement on Snowden memoir: We’re not saying it’s true, but no one should read it

The US government has gone back to court in a bid to get a summary judgement against whistleblower Edward Snowden and Macmillan – the publisher of his memoir, Permanent Record. The centre of the US case is that Snowden failed to submit his manuscript for approval to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) before publication and therefore breached his non-disclosure agreement. The government also wants Snowden to stop giving public…

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