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If you think you’ve got problems, pal, spare a thought for these boffins baffled by ‘oddball’ meteorites

Meteorites discovered strewn across Earth after the 1960s may have broken off the same planetesimal body. What’s more, scientists have discovered signs this ancient body had a molten core, which turns some cosmological thinking on its head. The boffins studied two of these specimens, named Colomera and Techado. The pair belong to the IIE iron meteorites, a group of 21 rocks believed to have formed from a single parent,…

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No, boss, I’m not playing Minecraft. Minecraft is where I run VMs on the desktop now

A developer who goes by “Delta2Force” has created a Minecraft mod that runs virtual machines on virtual computers built inside Minecraft. The mod is called “MCVmComputers” and is yours for the downloading on GitHub. The odd twist on virtualization relies on Oracle’s free VirtualBox desktop hypervisor and the Fabric Minecraft modloader. You’ll also need an .ISO of the OS you intend to run dropped into /vm_computers/isos. Then you’ll…

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USA seeks Moon and Mars nuke power plant designs ready to fly in 2027

The US Department of Energy has published an RFI for a lunar nuclear power plant. The RFI specifies a “Fission Surface Power” unit “providing uninterrupted electricity output of not less than 10 kilowatts at the interface end of a 1-kilometer cable. The FSP system should provide 120 V (direct current) at the user interface of the end of a 1-kilometer cable.” Working life of ten years at full output…

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Australia sues Google over data collection practices that merged DoubleClick data to create single user profiles

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has hauled Google into the nation’s Federal Court for misleading local users “… to obtain their consent to expand the scope of personal information that Google could collect and combine about consumers’ internet activity, for use by Google, including for targeted advertising.” The ACCC’s beef is that Google started to combine its own data with information gathered by DoubleClick and did so…

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SAP to list Qualtrics, less than two years after convincing it not to list

German software giant SAP will float its data analytics subsidiary Qualtrics, less than two years after convincing the firm not to list itself. SAP purchased Qualtrics for $8bn in 2018, just days before the Utah-based firm’s planned IPO. The purchase was seen as the capstone to then-SAP-CEO Bill McDermott’s $26bn spending spree that aimed at strengthening the company’s cloud services portfolio. Qualtrics specialises in gathering and analysing customer experience…

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We’re not all about rockets, says NASA: Balloon tech is good enough for economical star scanning

NASA wants to lift a 2.5-metre-long, reusable far-infrared telescope into Earth’s stratosphere using a massive high-altitude balloon in 2023 to check out the heavens more economically. The mission, known as ASTHROS, short for Astrophysics Stratospheric Telescope for High-spectral Resolution Observations at Submillimeter-wavelengths, will gather a range of data to help scientists better understand star formation. The hardware will be lifted by a 400-foot (120-metre)-wide balloon to an altitude of…

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Psst.. You may want to patch this under-attack data-leaking Cisco bug – and these Ripple20 hijack flaws

In Brief Cisco this week emitted fixes for potentially serious vulnerabilities, one of which is already being exploited in the wild. The under-attack bug is CVE-2020-3452, a path-traversal flaw in Switchzilla’s Adaptive Security Appliance and Firepower Threat Defense software that can be used to “read sensitive files on a targeted system.” While there was no publicly available exploit code for the high-severity bug when first publicized, a day after…

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It’s a Meow-nixed system, I know this: Purr-fect storm of 3,000+ insecure databases – and a data-wiping bot

Poorly secured databases are being wiped and vandalized by the thousands in a seemingly automated attack. Bob Diachenko, head of research at Comparitech and who spotted the digital destruction, said that, as of today, more than 3,000 insecure database instances have been overwritten to some degree with random text, rendering them useless to applications. The nuked databases were left facing the internet by their administrators so that anyone can…

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Just what you want when stuck working from home: Microsoft domain mixup downs Remote Web Access

Updated Microsoft’s Windows Server Essentials’ Remote Web Access service, which lets customers set up web access to their on-premises server through a .remotewebaccess.com subdomain, became inaccessible on Thursday after an unannounced DNS change. A Register readers told us he’d had client’s services go down with the issue and aggrieved customers took to Microsoft support forums and social media to vent their frustration. Good find Jim. No word from MS…

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Mysterious supernova is blasting far-flung galaxy with flashes of UV light – and astroboffins don’t know why

Astrophysicists have spied an extremely rare type of supernova from an exploding and possibly radioactive white dwarf that emits mysterious flashes of UV light. A white dwarf star in a binary system goes nova when it strips enough matter from its companion star to reach critical mass. The aged star will blow apart, shedding its outer layers and ejecting bright bursts of electromagnetic energy. These events, known as Type…

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