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After four years, Rust-based Redox OS is nearly self-hosting

A better operating system thanks to Rust’s combination of safety and performance? Laptops running Redox, a new operating system written in Rust The Redox OS, written in Rust and currently under development, is only “a few months of work away” from self-hosting, meaning that the Rustc compiler would run on Redox itself, according to its creator Jeremy Soller. Soller, who is also a principal engineer at the Linux hardware…

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Stand back, we’re going in: The Register rips a 7th-gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon apart. Literally

Nippy, fixable but oh-so-scuffable. Lenovo’s premium X1 Carbon ThinkPad has had an update, but is it any good? For those of a certain age, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is very much the Ford Cortina GXL of its generation – the tippety-top of the line handed out to workers who almost, but don’t quite, merit a MacBook Pro. Now in its seventh generation, the X1 Carbon is facing stiff competition…

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You can forget about that Black Friday deal: Brit banks crap out just in time for pay day

UK banks Royal Bank of Scotland, FirstDirect and NatWest are all struggling to keep their websites up today, which is nice considering it’s pay day. Earlier this afternoon, NatWest posted the following to Twitter: ⚠️ Our Online Banking, mobile app and Bankline are currently facing intermittent problems. We’re working hard getting them back up and running smoothly for you. We’ll post an update when we have more information. And…

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Let’s learn from drone cockups: Confidential reports service opens up to unmanned fliers

+Comment Fresh from the latest Gatwick drone controversy, aviation charity CHIRP is launching a confidential drone incident reporting service for commercial and recreational drone fliers. The free-to-use service mirrors CHIRP’s existing manned aviation functions, in which pilots and aviation professionals of all hues raise issues of concern anonymously. The most useful function of CHIRP is that operators (employers), trade unions and regulators also comment on selected incident reports. “With…

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Explain yourself, mister: Fresh efforts at Google to understand why an AI system says yes or no

Chief scientist reveals why company hasn’t released an API for facial recognition Cat or dog? The markings on these images show features used to classify the image (from Google’s documentation) Google has announced a new Explainable AI feature for its cloud platform, which provides more information about the features that cause an AI prediction to come up with its results. Artificial neural networks, which are used by many of…

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Sage to have its CakeHR and eat it: Scoffs cloudy automated personnel-botherer

Geordie accounting software provider Sage is continuing its shift to general cloud-based business services by scoffing human resources software company CakeHR. CakeHR offers small and medium-sized firms the ability to automate common human resources functions via a cloud-based platform. Its software deals with leave allowances, new joiners and leavers and expenses management. Lee Perkins, chief product officer at Sage, popped about a can to emit this quote: “CakeHR provides…

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BBC tells Conservative Party to remove edited Facebook ad featuring its reporters

The BBC has complained to the Conservative Party over a Facebook advert that features video clips of news reporters Laura Kuenssberg and Huw Edwards. The ad starts with Kuenssberg, in her natty jacket, saying “pointless delay to Brexit” followed by Edwards saying “another Brexit delay” with shaky shots of the House of Commons and flashed images of Jeremy Corbyn. It goes on to claim that: “Parliament now holds the…

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That’s Microsoft price: Now you can enjoy a BSOD from the comfort of your driving seat

For the latest in The Register’s sporadic series of Windows falling over in strange places, we present UK retailer Asda and its borked Click and Collect “Drive Thru” terminal. Snapped by friend of El Reg and bearded rust-botherer Andy Hinks during a misguided attempted to collect six months’ worth of groceries, the glorious Blue Screen of Death was beaming its cold light over visitors to the Walmart tentacle’s Hollingbury…

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Internet Society CEO: Most people don’t care about the .org sell-off – and nothing short of a court order will stop it

Interview El Reg has quizzed Andrew Sullivan, the president and CEO of the Internet Society (ISOC), about his organistion’s decision to sell the non-profit .org registry to private equity outfit Ethos Capital. We have previously covered the controversy over the proposed sale, the continued failure of ISOC and DNS overseer ICANN to answer detailed questions, and efforts by both to push the deal forward even while opposition to it…

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Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC: Howdy buck do you get a solid 60FPS in Rockstar’s masterpiece?

The RPG Greetings, traveller, and welcome back to The Register Plays Games, our monthly gaming column. We’re living the dream now because Rockstar clearly doesn’t give a toss about previous coverage and gave us one of the most anticipated PC titles of the year. Cheers! Many a 14-year-old is intimately familiar with the thrill of picking up a belle-de-nuit thanks to Rockstar Games. In spite of or because of…

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