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Welcome to cultured meat – not pigs reading Proust but a viable alternative to slaughter

At the second annual Cultured Meat Symposium in San Francisco on Friday, donuts featured prominently on the breakfast menu and lunch involved only plant-based options. Attendees the day before had the opportunity to sample mechanically prepared beef burgers, courtesy of robo-restaurateur Creator, but lab-fabbed meat didn’t make an appearance. Give it about five years – that was a guestimate from one attendee. In 2013, a cultured burger – meaning…

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5G SIM-swap attacks could be even worse for industrial IoT than now

Claims that 5G offers “better security” for IoT may not ring true – with the technology remaining vulnerable to SIM-jacking attacks within private Industry 4.0-style deployments, according to infosec biz Trend Micro. Industry 4.0 is the marketing phrase for “please buy our new networking thing and pay us to collect tons of data which may or may not be useful to your highly profitable manufacturing venture”. Some also call…

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Physicists are rather giddy after creating a rare type of laser using laughing gas

A team of researchers have built a terahertz laser that might one day see through clothes, book covers, and even skin, using laughing gas, according to a paper in Science. The device operates in the terahertz range – a region of the electromagnetic spectrum above microwaves and below visible light. Terahertz lasers are relatively rare, since the wavelength of light is tricky to produce and control. Although they have…

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Oracle and Google will fight in court over Java, AGAIN and this time it’s going to the Supremes

The US Supreme Court has agreed to once and for all decide the copyright case between Oracle and Google after nine years of legal wrangling. The nine judge panel on Friday issued a grant of certiorari (PDF), agreeing to hear the case over Android’s use of copyrighted APIs owned by Oracle via the purchase of Sun Microsystems. Yes, that case. The fight kicked off back in 2010 shortly after…

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Denial of service kingpin hit with 13 months denial of freedom and a massive bill to pay

A US court has sentenced the operator of a massive DDoS service to 13 months in prison. Sergiy Usatyuk, 21, from Orland Park, IL was handed the term – along with a $542,925 forfeiture order – after pleading guilty earlier this year to one count of conspiracy to cause damage to internet-connected computers. He will also have to serve three years supervised release, the North Carolina Eastern US District…

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Uncle Sam prepping order to extradite ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch from the UK

The US State Department has until 1 December to get its paperwork in order and show how it wishes to proceed in attempting to extradite ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch to face charges. According to the federal court filing system, at a 15-minute hearing on 13 November in a San Francisco court, Judge Charles Breyer told lawyers “to file a declaration by December 1, 2019 outlining the deadlines of the…

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1Password hopes to cross some items off its todo list with help from $200m in venture capital

Though not much detail on said list, except security and privacy How not to manage passwords. 1Password is one of a number of better solutions Some 14 years after it was founded and with no external funding taken in during that time, 1Password has finally succumbed to the charms – and $200m in cash – of venture cap biz Accel. 1Password was founded by Dave Teare along with Roustem…

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Tonight on Tales from the Crypto: It lives! GPU flinger Nvidia bouncing back after miner affair

The ill-conceived and costly error of doubling down on the crypto-market is almost a distant memory for Nvidia as the GPU maker reported results that indicate an upward turn in fortunes. Nvidia turned over $3.014bn in sales for the three months ended 27 October, down 5 per cent year-on-year but up 17 per cent on the prior quarter and some 4 per cent higher than the general consensus from…

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White Screen of Death: Admins up in arms after experimental Google emission borks Chrome

An experimental feature silently rolled out to the stable Chrome release on Tuesday caused chaos for IT admins this week after users complained of facing white, featureless tabs on Google’s massively popular browser. The issue affected thousands of businesses’ terminal servers, with multiple users on the same server experiencing “white screen of death” at the same time. Someone posting on the Chromium bug tracker mailing list described the problem…

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Google promises to be good with Knative as it releases Cloud Run serverless containers

Admits open-source API bigger than any one company, but it is not letting go Google Cloud Run, based on the Knative API, is now generally available Google’s Cloud Run service, which lets you run containers on Kubernetes (K8s) using a serverless model, has hit general availability, and El Reg has taken it for quick spin. Cloud Run is for both Google Cloud Platform and Anthos, which presents various ways…

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