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Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

Opinion “In their natural habitat, when chimpanzees become angry, they often stand up, wave their arms, and throw branches or rocks – anything nearby that they can get their hands on. When chimps are removed from the wild and kept in captivity, they experience stress and agitation, which can cause them to react in the same way – by throwing things,” explains the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada. “Captive…

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Before IBM started axing staff, it told them Q3 2020 would be super-busy with post-lockdown catch-up jobs

In the halcyon days of April, before IBM initiated its latest round of mass redundancies, the IT giant told staff in its Australian and New Zealand operations to take a break – and brace for a deluge of post-lockdown work in the third quarter of 2020. The Register has encountered emails sent by senior management of IBM’s ANZ outpost that open with an observation that though some staff may…

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HP Ink sales are in the red: Total revenue down 11 per cent as CEO says coronavirus knackered supply chain

Artist’s rendition of HP’s quarter The three months to April 30 were “complicated,” HP Inc said on Wednesday while trying to explain why its sales dropped by double digits in its fiscal second quarter of 2020. Here’s a summary of the bad news for the PC’n’printers industry grandee: Revenue of $12.5bn was down 11 per cent from the same period a year ago, and short of the $12.85bn Wall…

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Turns out Elon can’t control the weather – what a scrub: Rain, clouds delay historic manned SpaceX-NASA launch

Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley inside the Dragon capsule … Source: NASA TV NASA’s attempt to launch American astronauts to the International Space Station aboard an American-made rocket from American soil for the first time in nearly a decade was aborted today due to bad weather. Grey clouds loomed overhead as Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley strapped into their seats in their SpaceX’s Dragon crew capsule atop a SpaceX…

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Apple promises third, no, fourth, er, fifth time’s a charm when it comes to macOS Catalina: 10.15.5 now out

Apple has released the fifth version of macOS Catalina, and fixed yet another stability issue that saw machines crash during large file transfers; the latest in a long series of problems with version 10.15 of the operating system. The “good” news is that macOS 10.15.5 includes a new battery management feature that Apple says will make your battery last longer by effectively refusing to charge it to 100 per…

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Gone in 9 seconds: Virgin Orbit’s maiden rocket flight went perfectly until it didn’t

Wannabe satellite flinger Virgin Orbit has shared more detail on what went wrong and right in the very brief maiden flight of LauncherOne. LauncherOne is an intriguing beast, consisting of a rocket slung beneath the wing of one of Virgin Orbit boss Richard Branson’s old Boeing 747s. Dropped from around 35,000 feet, the two-stage rocket is, in theory, capable of delivering up to 500kg into orbit. Virgin Orbit is…

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26 million logins believed to be stolen from LiveJournal in 2017 pop up on hacker forum

Russian-owned blogging service LiveJournal has reportedly suffered a hack affecting 26 million user accounts. According to the reliable Troy Hunt’s Have I Been Pwned? service, the incident occurred at some point in 2017. One year later a forked spinoff of LiveJournal called Dreamwidth began noticing credential-stuffing attacks. Around 26 million “unique” usernames, email addresses and passwords are said to have been stolen from LiveJournal and ended up circulating cybercrime…

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Watch live: Backup and restore on AWS can be a challenge – is there a way to make it better, faster, cheaper?

Webcast “The journey to cloud” echoes through all organisations. It’s a Bildungsroman – a story of empowerment and betterment. A shiny, towering cityscape of gleaming edifices and elegant spires. It’s like an ascension into the actual clouds. Like dying and waking up in heaven. Then you get there. It’s great. It’s convenient and definitely something you can put your trust in. Portable, scalable, accessible from anywhere. Then you start…

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Motorola sticks a suit on Moto G Stylus mobe, pushes it towards European corporate types

Almost four months after it was first unveiled, Motorola has finally announced a European release for its Moto G Stylus phablet. Except, it has been given a whole new enterprise-oriented direction, with a name to match: the Moto G Pro. Motorola is touting the Moto G Pro to corporate customers through one of its business portals, where it emphasises the “security first” nature of the device. Like the majority…

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Photostopped: Adobe Cloud evaporates in mass outage. Hope none of you are on a deadline, eh?

Adobe technicians scrambled on Wednesday to restore multiple cloud services after a severe outage left customers stranded. Starting around 0600 PDT (1300 UTC) Adobe’s status board began lighting up with red outage notifications. At the time this article was written, 13 major issues were ongoing and five had been resolved. By issues, Adobe means people can’t use some of its stuff in the cloud nor access their documents. Creative…

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