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Bill Gates lays out a three-point plan to rid the world of COVID-19 – and anti-vaxxer cranks aren’t gonna like it

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates stuck an oar into tinfoil-hat-infested waters once again today with a pretty reasonable plan to deal with the ongoing global pandemic. In an opinion piece for Tortoise Media, His Billness laid out a three-part plan for eliminating the grim threat of coronavirus and, unsurprisingly, it all hinges on those pesky vaccines. Gates reckoned that likely more than one vaccine will be available by…

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Corsair’s K70 MK.2 does nothing a cheaper keyboard can’t, but the steep price gets you top-notch components

Review In many respects, working from home is liberating. Standards of attire and hygiene are the first to depart; after all, the only person likely to see you in person is the Deliveroo courier. Best of all, the absence of a manager walking past your desk also allows you to take certain liberties with your work environment. The Corsair K70 MK.2 is a mechanical keyboard that feels as though…

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YouTube axes crowdsourced captioning: Use our buggy speech-to-subtitle code or pay an approved third party

YouTube has removed the capability for netizens to add captions to videos after it said the feature was hardly ever used – and if it was, it was used to slap “spam, abuse, and low quality submissions” on web vids. The decision to axe the so-called Community Contributions feature was announced in July, and came into effect on Tuesday. The feature allowed creators to crowdsource subtitling efforts to viewers,…

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Not one to be outdone by Microsoft, Apple’s cloud fell over too. Unlike Microsoft, it hasn’t said what happened

The rivalry between Apple and Microsoft continued last night as the fruity firm’s cloud services took a tumble a mere day after Azure crapped itself. While Apple has remained silent on what happened (we asked; it did not respond), the vast majority of its services wobbled over a two-hour period early this morning (UK time). Issues began at around 1am affecting services including Apple TV, iCloud Mail, iWork for…

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NHS England awards £1.6m deal to build digital staff ‘passports’ in fight against coronavirus second wave

NHS England has left it until late September amid record UK coronavirus infections to award a software development contract said to be crucial to the health service’s response to the second wave of the pandemic. With daily cases rising to 7,143 yesterday – leapfrogging the previous UK record by 269 people, reported days ago – and the reproduction or R number between 1.2 and 1.5, indicating an exponentially rising…

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Trello co-founder Michael Pryor on pandering to power users, skyrocketing numbers, and the spectre of Microsoft

Microsoft unveiled its latest crack at getting customers organised last month with Project Moca, but Redmond’s scattergun approach to planning tools has left many a little confused. The Register spoke to Trello co-founder Michael Pryor about keeping things simple. “They have kind of a Trello clone called Planner,” claimed Pryor. “So it’s interesting to see . I’m not sure what the thinking is behind that and how…

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FYI: If you’re running HP Device Manager, anyone on your network can get admin on your server via backdoor

HP Device Manager, software that allows IT administrators to manage HP Thin Client devices, comes with a backdoor database user account that undermines network security, a UK-based consultant has warned. Nicky Bloor, founder of Cognitous Cyber Security, reports that an HP Inc programmer appears to have set up an insecure user account in a database within HP Device Manager (HPDM). He found that the account can be exploited to…

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It’s 2020 so not only is your mouse config tool a Node.JS Electron app, it’s also pwnable by an evil webpage

Earlier this year, peripheral maker Kensington patched its desktop software to close a vulnerability that could have been exploited by malicious websites to quietly hijack victims’ computers. Now the programmer who found this remote-code-execution hole, and reported it to the manufacturer, has identified a similarly serious flaw that’s yet to be addressed. In a blog post on Tuesday, Robert Heaton, a software engineer at Stripe, recounted his discovery of…

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Cloudy hardware spending topped cash splashed on conventional data centre kit for first time in Q2, says IDC

Analyst firm IDC has suggested Q2 2020 was a tipping point because it was the first quarter in which sales of IT infrastructure products for cloud environments topped sales for non-cloud infrastructure. IDC’s definition of “cloud” includes servers, storage and switches for public and private clouds, so the news is not a sign that on-prem hardware is now in the minority. Indeed, the firm found $5bn was spent on…

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So how do you feel about bridging storage and memory to supercharge your data center?

Webcast Who’d be a database architect these days. You’ve got more cores than ever crunching data – but that data keeps on growing, and somehow it never seems to move fast enough. With the AI team forever refining their models, research scientists looking to fold genes or sequence DNA, and developers telling you that the database isn’t just enormous but needs to be in-memory, there’s no end in sight….

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