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Microsoft’s coding for noobs hits 1.0, decompiling to C# in Visual Studio, and Windows 10X makes its debut… on Mac

Roundup While Windows wobbled under the weight of patches, the Microsoft gang updated development tools and buffed up a lure for startups among other shenanigans in this past week. Small Basic Online turns 1.0 Microsoft’s introduction to programming, Small Basic Online, has reached version 1.0 with a bucketload of updates to the editor. In an effort to get users ready for the world of the Visual Studio IDE, the…

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Samsung gives China wide berth over coronavirus woes, uses sea and air freight to ship smartphone bits to Vietnamese factories

The coronavirus epidemic continues to disrupt China’s manufacturing and logistics sectors, forcing smartphone manufacturers to adapt. Among them this is South Korean tech giant Samsung, which has begun shipping smartphone components to Vietnam by air and sea, where two-thirds of its handsets are now being assembled. China and Vietnam share a land border that stretches nearly 800 miles, allowing freight to travel between the countries by road. The 2019…

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a flying solar panel: BAE Systems’ satellite alternative makes maiden flight in Oz

A BAE Systems pseudo-satellite drone has made its maiden flight in Australia, just under two years after being announced as a marketing concept. The Phasa-35, a 35m wingspan “solar-electric aircraft”, as BAE calls it, took to the skies over Woomera Test Range in southern Australia. Most eye-catching about the craft, other than its thin, frail wings, is the designers’ claim that it can lift 15kg into the sky for…

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Early adopters delighted as Microsoft pulls plug on Mobile Backend as a Service. Haha, only joking – they’re fuming

Microsoft is shutting down its Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS), part of App Center, to the dismay of developers using it. App Center is a service for building and testing applications for iOS, Android, Windows and macOS. It has continuous integration, where code changes committed to a repository in GitHub, Bitbucket or Azure automatically trigger a build process, as well as automated UI tests on cloud-hosted mobile devices…

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SpaceX’s next Starlink volley remains stuck on Earth to glee of astronomers everywhere

Roundup Cygnus flies, SpaceX stands down, Rocket Lab is going to the Moon and New Horizons drops a massive dump (of new data) in this week’s roundup. A heck of a way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a view of Earth from really, really far away. A hot mic and fresh ISS supplies as Cygnus launches Northrop Grumman overcame both a delay and some unexpected bonus commentary (in…

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Please check your data: A self-driving car dataset failed to label hundreds of pedestrians, thousands of vehicles

Roundup It’s a long weekend in the US, though sadly not in Blighty. So, for those of you starting your week, here’s some bite-sized machine-learning news, beyond what we’ve recently covered, if that’s your jam. Check your training data: A popular dataset for training self-driving vehicles, including an open-source autonomous car system, failed to correctly label hundreds of pedestrians and thousands of vehicles. Brad Dwyer, founder of Roboflow, a…

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Everything OK down there in the Oracle trench? Good. Big Red has a cloud-based data science platform for you

Analysis After securing a lofty position in enterprise applications and databases, Oracle has fixed its eyes on data science. And though analysts have expressed doubt about whether Big Red is producing technologies new to the field, its shiny Cloud Data Science Platform might appeal to those already heavily invested in Oracle’s software. Big Red’s pitch is that it will bring cohesion to efforts in data science, allowing practitioners to…

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C’mon SPARCky, it’s just an admin utility update. What could possibly go wrong?

Who, Me? Hey hey hey, it’s Monday! The new week is but a caffeinated beverage away. Come join us in celebrating another Register reader’s flirtation with career-ending disaster with a morning dose of Who, Me? It was the late 1980s, and our contributor, fresh out of university, had inexplicably landed a job as system administrator in a large academic institution. “Scott”, as we’re going to call him, “was pretty…

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It is with a heavy heart we must inform you, once again, folks are accidentally spilling thousands of sensitive pics, records onto the internet

Roundup Everything is insecure and everything is broken, exhibits A through Z: Plastic surgery biz botches storage, leaks patient records A software vendor specializing in record-keeping tools for plastic surgery clinics poorly secured a storage bucket hosted by Amazon Web Services containing hundreds of thousands of sensitive patient photos and records. The team at vpnMentor discovered and reported a public-facing, insecure AWS S3 bucket belonging to NextMotion. The French…

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Good news: Neural network says 11 asteroids thought to be harmless may hit Earth. Bad news: They are not due to arrive for hundreds of years

A neural network has identified eleven asteroids once thought to be benign that may actually come close enough to hit Earth. These 11 space rocks, each measuring more than 100 metres across, are listed in a NASA database as non-hazardous objects. Don’t worry about them, in other words. However, AI software – developed by researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and dubbed the Hazardous Object Identifier – has…

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